Success Stories

Completing College Has Transformed My Life

Anita Johnson | White House Intern

Anita Johnson

White House Intern

I was in the 2nd grade at the time I met Mr. Fisher. My mother is Regina Johnson, single mother of five and high school dropout. I remember when he would come to the recreation center in the Kimberly Gardens community to talk about college and have homework club. I had older siblings, and I remember Mr. Fisher and my mother having many conversations about preparing for college. His presence stuck with me and made an impact on my life. I am now a first-generation college graduate of Howard University. Completing college has transformed my life. During the summer of 2011 I did an internship with the Sutherland Asbill and Brennan law firm for a few months, and then went to New Mexico on an anthropology internship for three weeks to study the Buffalo Soldiers. After I got back, I started a fall internship with The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF). I had the opportunity to draft policy legislation, attend briefings and hearings, meet countless congressional members; the president of Korea, Lee Myung-bak; First Lady Michelle Obama; and President Barack Obama! Most recently I started my internship at the White House. I am in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. I am also enrolled in Kaplan’s LSAT test preparation course at night at Howard University. I recognize that First Generation College Bound has had a huge part in my ongoing success!


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